In April 2016 the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in the UK brought in new requirements for nurses and midwives maintaining their professional registration. Revalidation has major implications for all nurses and midwives, and especially for those working in Christian organisations in the UK or in any setting overseas. However, completing the revalidation process is possible in the overseas context provided all the relevant criteria are met. It also makes it much easier for nurses and midwives returning to the UK to take up employment quickly.
Since December 2012, doctors working in the UK have to maintain a licence to practise through the process of revalidation. The licence to practise only applies to the UK and it should be possible to work overseas without maintaining a licence, as long as the registration requirements of the host country are met. The General Medical Council (GMC) advises doctors working wholly overseas to relinquish their licence to practise and restore it again upon return to work in UK. This is a good option for many doctors but it may cause problems for some. It will mean that they cannot work as a locum in UK during time home on leave.
The Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF) and Parish Nursing Ministries UK (PNMUK) have worked hard on this issue, and have joined forces with Global Connections to continue to monitor the situation. Together, we want to help ensure that our members are kept up-to-date with developments, and find strategies to minimise the possibility of anyone losing their registration.
Please download the latest update on the statutory re-registration for nurses and midwives, and doctors’ revalidation. Revalidation is all about protecting the public and as such to be warmly welcomed. However the implication for those working overseas or outside the NHS must be understood. Revalidation sounds daunting but the NMC website has templates to follow for logging all CPD, practice hours and reflective accounts which makes the process much clearer.
Please also see the NMC guidance on working outside the UK.
Details about the GMC's requirements for revalidation are available here.
If you would like any further information, please contact Steve Fouch at CMF.